The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage (Passage Trilogy Series #1)The Passage. Finished audio 12-4-13, rating  3.75/5, vampirish fiction, 766 pages, pub. 2010

Unabridged audio. I listened to the audio and enjoyed it although it took me about four months to get through all 29 cds.

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.” 

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

Let me start by saying that I don’t consider my few thoughts on this book to be a review.  I am overwhelmed by the holidays  right now (or maybe it’s just life) and don’t have the time for the review this massive tome deserves.  But I want to start 2014 fresh and that means posting about the books I’ve read this year actually in this year!

Because it took me so long to get through it, it is a little hard to remember  some of the beginning details. I remember meeting six-year old Amy and her mother and agent Wolgast, their early story stuck with me in a way that some of the rest of it didn’t.  The government was trying some crazy stuff to help humans live, if not forever, at least as long as Noah from the Bible (950 years).  But like many things run by the corrupt and greedy there was a problem and they unleashed upon the world Virals.  Virals are vampire-like, but not like your Edward Cullen vampire, think more nasty and ugly.  The United States did not survive and the Virals went international.   This book tracks America after the Virals disrupt life as we know it,

I liked most of it.  The beginning while good, annoyed me because every time I cared about someone they died.  It was better for me once main characters started surviving and I could get more invested.  There were some cheesy parts surrounding the 12 super virals, but I accepted it because I was interested in how humans were going to survive when they were totally cut off from each other.

This is not my usual  reading, but I needed to see what all the fuss was about.   I received the next in the trilogy, The Twelve, last year and I’d like to see what happens but I definitely need a break from the desolate world Cronin created.


9 thoughts on “The Passage by Justin Cronin

  1. Leslie says:

    I have this in print and one of these days I’ll get to it. I think my attention span is getting shorter as I get older – or I can blame the internet or the 24hr news cycle or maybe it’s twitter’s fault. I used to dive into books with lots of pages but now, not so much.

  2. sandynawrot says:

    I listened to this on audio while I was visiting my parents in Indiana. Walking down those country roads with the tall corn, it was a bit creepy, imagining the virals hiding in there or in the trees!!! Now I have The Twelve loaded on my iPod but I’ve been waiting for a good opportunity for lots of listening (which hasn’t happened yet – ha!). I do intend to read the trilogy ultimately. I’m just slow as hell.

  3. Literary Feline says:

    This was the first book I bought on my Nook, my initial e-reader, and I’ve still yet to read it! How pathetic, eh? I already have the second book too. Some day . . . I am glad you enjoyed it, Stacy, even if it was outside your usual reads.

  4. Jennygirl says:

    Hey sweetie! Hope this finds you well. This is such a big book, I need to psyche myself up to read it. Glad you got through it and good luck cleaning out your back log.
    Hope the family is well and enjoy your holiday season 🙂

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